We’ve long been a fan of tweeted pics from space, courtesy of astronauts and the Curiosity rover. And starting today, we’ll have even more cool space images via NASA’s brand new Instagram account.
A space agency like NASA is one of the best places on Earth to find brilliant minds. So how does such an organization tackle the most thorny of the challenges it faces?
Following on the heels of its success with the Mars Curiosity rover, NASA could next send a lander to Jupiter’s ice-filled moon Europa to determine whether it is habitable.
On August 5, 2012, we watched the lil’ guy make its way to the surface of the red planet. Since then, Curiosity has drilled into Martian rock with lasers, scooped up soil samples, found evidence of water, and set up an adorable Twitter account.
Where government-funded agencies see roadblocks, entrepreneurs see opportunity. But is a one-way mission to Mars a good business bet? Mars One is going all in, NASA be damned.
About a year ago, NASA’s Curiosity Rover touched down successfully on Mars. To celebrate the one-year anniversary, here’s a two-minute video of the rover exploring Mars.
3D printing is still shaping up to be one the best things that’s ever happened to NASA.
The basics of living — eating, washing, sleeping, etc. — can be rather dull at times. But when you’re doing the task in space, it’s a completely different story.
NASA astronauts are current outside the International Space Station on a spacewalk, and NASA is streaming the action live.
On its five-week test mission, the rover roamed over 18 miles of frozen wasteland, sending back diagnostic information in real time and charging its solar-powered battery every 12 hours.
NASA scientists released footage of comet ISON speeding towards the sun at 48,000 miles per hour, just in time for the fourth of July.
NASA today announced its 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class, drawing upon a pool of 6,000 candidates.
Over the course of 20 minutes, Curiosity fired its million-watt laser at a tiny section of Martian soil 20 times.
The agency believes the transformative technology could be “key” for astronauts venturing to Mars.
Tomorrow is the National Day of Civic Hacking. The goal of the initiative is to build solutions that address issues in neighborhoods, cities, states, and the country using publicly-released data
On top of the first successful SpaceX Dragon launch, here are other awesome developments we’ve seen in the past year concerning efforts to explore space.
The real hero here is Karl Sanford, the enthusiastic fan who took the time to put it all together. On the YouTube page for the clip, he says, “This is my first attempt at this process and hope to update and refine these videos as more data becomes available.”
NASA has thrown a $125,000 grant at a research project to bring 3D-printed pizza into our reality.
He developed some of the coolest aerospace tech around. One of his experiments is on the International Space Station. He’s a Cornell prof. And now, he’s taking your questions on Reddit. We love the Internet.
Quantum computing promises to vastly expand what technology companies can do with data — and Google wants a part of it.
A n ISS spokesperson told press the switch was made because ISS astronauts and cosmonauts needed an operating system “that was stable and reliable.” Ouch!
Google and Time Magazine have partnered to create a brilliant new project called Timelapse that shows satellite imagery of earth during the course of nearly 30 years, giving us a better understanding of how our planet is transforming.
To make it worth the substantial cost of shipping greenhouses, lighting, and other necessary equipment to the red planet, the missions need to be very long in duration — as long as 15 or even 20 years.
“Ring of fire” means different things to different people depending on whether they love Johnny Cash or buy Preparation H, but to solar astronomers, it means an annular eclipse.
MAVEN is going to dabble in atmospheric forensics, looking at Martian solar winds and gathering data to figure out a bit more about how the planet’s atmosphere decayed. You can use that as inspiration for your haiku.
NASA is releasing a “tank-like” rover out into the wild, this time to study warming glaciers on Earth. It’s called Grover, and it was built by a team of students.
The storm is the size of two Earths. Its eye alone is a massive 1,250 miles wide. Strangely, the storm has gravitated toward the planet’s north pole and exists without oceans and with very little water vapor.
3D-printed space technology is no longer science fiction, as NASA and other space companies are making it a reality.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield walks us through how he sleeps in space.
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We might be unsuccessful at getting congress to double NASA’s funding to a full cent on every taxed dollar, but look out when someone starts a crowdfunding campaign.
Within NASA’s budget for the following year is a request for $100 million for a project that’s never been attempted before — at least that we know of by humans anyways.
Using a neutron gun and an infrared imaging camera, researchers found signs of hydration: water molecules bound to minerals in Martian rock.
Angry Birds Space Encounter uses the popular mobile game to teach science and more.
Chalk up another successful mission for the private space company SpaceX.
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft had a glitch this morning after taking off for the International Space Station, but all of the thruster pods are now back online.
Ever wanted to hangout with astronauts? Well, today’s your lucky day.
The DA14 asteroid is set to come closest to Earth at 2:24pm Eastern time. Watch NASA’s livestream to see it.
Proving just how versatile Google+’s Hangouts group video chat feature can be, NASA announced yesterday that it will offer its first Hangout with the crew of the International Space Station later this month.
NASA is extending a super-cool opportunity to 150 social media followers to chat live with International Space Station astronauts Kevin Ford, Tom Marshburn, and Chris Hadfield.